Julie Bishop to replace Gareth Evans as ANU’s next Chancellor

Ruwendi Wakwella 2 August 2019 40
Julie Bishop will be ANU's first female Chancellor. Photo: ANU.

Julie Bishop will be ANU’s first female Chancellor. Photo: ANU.

Former foreign minister and once-Liberal Party leadership hopeful Julie Bishop will replace Gareth Evans as the next Chancellor of the Australian National University.

In a statement released by Pro Chancellor Naomi Flutter, the ANU confirmed that Ms Bishop will step into her new role in January 2020, making her the ANU’s first female Chancellor.

Ms Flutter said that the decision to elect Ms Bishop came after the Chancellorship Forums held earlier this year, coupled with engagement with the Academic Board and student body representatives, which ‘highlighted the need for an eminent, distinguished individual, befitting our University’s stature’.

“It was clear you wanted someone who understands our distinctive role as the national university – contributing to matters of great national and international significance – and someone who appreciates the transformative power of universities, through their teaching and research,” Ms Flutter said to the ANU community.

Ms Flutter said she believed Ms Bishop was ideal for this role, particularly considering her commitment to education. She highlighted Ms Bishop’s leadership in bringing about the New Colombo Plan – an initiative aimed at lifting knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region – as an example of this commitment.

Ms Bishop, the former federal MP for Curtin in WA, bid farewell to politics following a highly contentious Liberal Party leadership change, in which she was a frontrunner. She served as Foreign Minister between 2013 and 2018, and will replace Mr Evans, who was Australia’s foreign minister from 1988 to 1996 in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments.

“Gareth has served ANU for nearly a decade with incredible energy and intellect, always being a source of great encouragement, helping us realise our potential and providing wise, steadfast guidance to the University’s Council, three Vice-Chancellors and the executive leadership team,” Ms Flutter said.

“In the interim, Gareth has much still to do – including the launch today of our new Acton Campus Master Plan.”

In a pre-recorded message, Ms Bishop said she was honoured to take up the role of Chancellor of the ‘nation’s leading university’, and was looking forward to working with Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt and the ANU community to build on the “long and successful foundations created by so many individuals since 1946”.


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40 Responses to Julie Bishop to replace Gareth Evans as ANU’s next Chancellor
Ian Hollingsworth Ian Hollingsworth 4:11 pm 04 Aug 19

Jobs for the “boys”

Glen Lilley Glen Lilley 8:01 am 03 Aug 19

beautiful haircut 🤮

maxblues maxblues 1:06 am 03 Aug 19

Congratulations to Julie Bishop. I hope she supports the annual John Gee Lecture as much as Gareth has.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:09 am 02 Aug 19

Tony Abbott would have been a better choice given his high achievement in education, politics and community involvement.

Chantelle Milin Chantelle Milin 7:28 am 02 Aug 19

Can someone please explain the roll of “chancellor” and why you believe she’s not fit for this position. Thanks 🙏

    Chantelle Milin Chantelle Milin 4:47 pm 03 Aug 19

    Who are you to censor me Steve?? 🙃

    I asked my father and he suggested that she may not be suited for the position as a right wing/ moderate ex liberal.. why do u think she’s unsuitable? I have noticed a lot of people have been expressing their concerns but not really going into detail to as why she isn’t suitable.


    Phil Smith Phil Smith 9:37 pm 03 Aug 19

    I think he might have meant that there was silence in response to your question. But think of the position as a CEO. Then question whether someone who was Deputy Leader of a political party that was actively opposed to any progress in science (economic, political, climatological, biological...) is a worthy candidate to lead that organisation.

    Melini Cooper Melini Cooper 3:47 pm 04 Aug 19

    Chantelle Milin They overlook the university. The vice chancellor does all the leg work.

    A bit like a principal to a school.

    Phil Smith Phil Smith 5:33 am 05 Aug 19

    Well if the role is to overlook the university she will be well qualified

Shashi Davidson Shashi Davidson 12:58 am 02 Aug 19

What did Gareth achieve in his role for the uni?

Gabriel Spacca Gabriel Spacca 10:04 pm 01 Aug 19

Here I was thinking that being chancellor of an ACT University would require the incumbent to be a resident of the ACT. But there you go. I guess previous appointments have set a precedent.

John Argus John Argus 9:55 pm 01 Aug 19

Sunny Losionek next presentation

John Passant John Passant 9:41 pm 01 Aug 19

Mass industrial? Action

Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan 8:55 pm 01 Aug 19

I believe their is a human behind the politician .. perhaps the woman got the job , not the callous abusive politician . I’m trying to see her as a mother , sister , wife . Let’s see who she is away from Canberra mens club .

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:50 pm 01 Aug 19

I wonder will Gareth leave the ashtray.

Conan Liu Conan Liu 8:47 pm 01 Aug 19

JBish has a penchant for travel and shopping. 2nd sentence in her pre-recorded message says "... ANU's strong links globally..." Will she become the next Member of Manila?

Shane Westmore Shane Westmore 8:32 pm 01 Aug 19

There goes the last chance of CSIRO getting their budget back

Alex Colrain Alex Colrain 7:35 pm 01 Aug 19

Justin Donley your new boss!!

Brigid Goss Brigid Goss 7:24 pm 01 Aug 19

Dan Carton Gareth Gareth where art thou???

Art Libien Art Libien 7:08 pm 01 Aug 19

Julie babes must have to supplement her meagre government pension to afford all of those clothes and shoes. Australian pensioners will sympathise.

Malcolm Campbell Malcolm Campbell 6:01 pm 01 Aug 19

I surpose we are paying for that to now

Fred Pilcher Fred Pilcher 5:29 pm 01 Aug 19

Bringing a reputable institution into disrepute should be a crime.

Roger Mungummary Roger Mungummary 4:25 pm 01 Aug 19

Will she give lectures on ethics? Or how to ignore government restrictions on post ministerial conflict jobs?

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